Close to 50% of readers who participated in the FanPulse survey want the Pirates to be sellers at the July 31st trade deadline. Pittsburgh is currently 7.5 games out of first place and five games from the second Wild Card.
While not an insurmountable task, the Pirates have been inconsistent in 2019. Hopes become elevated (after multiple scoring barrages) only to be dashed by a streak of bad (or heartbreaking) losses. Their run differential of -59 make for the second-largest negative gap in the National League and the eighth-worst of the 30 other teams.
The move that could upset the fanbase the most would be trading closer Felipe Vazquez. He would likely draw the biggest haul as relievers can be the biggest commodity at the deadline.
The Pirates could use a boost in their farm system and Vazquez or any of the other aforementioned names might be able to create that type of return.
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